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    What lavenders are similar to Santa Maria Novella Imperial Lavender? Anything closest to it
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    Default Re: Santa Maria Novella Imperial Lavender

    Quote Originally Posted by Orgoglio italianO View Post
    What lavenders are similar to Santa Maria Novella Imperial Lavender? Anything closest to it
    I just got a sample of this today from the SMN boutique (Bal harbour) and I'm going to wear it tomorrow - I will post back at the end of the day. On a test strip it smelled very 'simple', which I am okay with.
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    I look forward to your review, Mikeperez. Lavender fragrances interest me as well.

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    I wore it this morning, I was careful not to douse myself with it and because of this (and the hot weather today) the scent faded rather quickly, so that I didn't have the opportunity to give it my full attention. Here's a few quick impressions:

    It's not medicinal or bracing at all, however it does smell very natural. I had lavender growing in my front yard and when the smell is caught in a hot breeze the smell is unmistakable. This is the smell you get on your skin. There is no sweetness, nothing synthetic - a pleasant surprise. Will post more when I wear it again...
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    Thanks for your impressions, Mike - this one's been on my radar for a while. How would you compare it with Caldey Island Lavender? Is it worth having both in the same wardrobe?
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    I just saw your question now WillC.

    I have to wear the SMN again (maybe I'll wear it tomorrow when I fly to NY - lavender scents are perfect for airplane travel) but from what I can remember it is NOT musky in the base notes at all. I usually am not sensitive to musks (some I can't smell at all) but the musk that Caldey Island uses in their lavender water is VERY strong to my nose. So I smell it immediately upon application and then it just gets stronger and stronger as it dries down. The SMN is much more herbal/fresh and I think honestly there are no base notes...it's just lavender. Thus, the short longevity I experienced.
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    Interesting. When you say short longevity, how long do you mean? Half an hour or so?

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    After having acquired a bottle of this when a friend bought me a bottle of the tobacco scent from Santa Maria Novella that I didn't really care for, so I returned it and bought this one, I have been wearing Lavanda Imperiale on and off for a while now.

    As many of you know, I am a big fan of straightforward lavender notes, unadorned, medicinal, sharp, bracing, realistic to natural lavender. It took me years of sampling so many that turned synthetic or plasticky, too after-shaveish, too fresh (soapy and detergent like). In addition, when a lot of Basenoters recommend lavender prominent scents they usually recommend fougeres. Which, to be honest, are not really my thing. I mean I own a handful of the classics - but fougere fragrances are not the type of scents that excite me.

    Of course, Murphy's Law, the one lavender that I really really love is discontinued: Lavanda Tonica by Acqua di Parma.

    So, the purchase of Lavanda Imperiale was one in hopes of replacing my love for the Acqua di Parma. Sort of a Plan-B type of lavender. And, for this, it performs nicely. I have to literally drench myself in this to get it to stick to me and last for a few hours. For a few minutes, in the top notes, it almost gets too medicinal and starch-like smelling...but this fades. There is NO sweetness to this lavender - none of that caramel-esque note that features prominently in so many lavender scents. Its very dry, bracing. I spray it on, many times, before or after a gym workout - purely for aromatherapeutic reasons.

    I wish this were more affordable. I mean, at Whole Foods you can buy lavender oil diluted in alcohol or witch hazel for less than $20. And it performs about the same as this fragrance in terms of longevity, tenacity and radiance.

    Still..this is a classy straightforward lavender fragrance and it goes on like one. Next time you're in a Santa Maria Novella boutique check it out if you like lavender.
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    Mike,
    Have you tried Demeter Lavender cologne? It's very simple and realistic-- really just like Lavender EO diluted with alcohol. It doesn't last very long, but that's par for the course for Demeter.

    I'm referring to this one: http://demeterfragrance.com/lavender.html

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    Yes 30 Roses. I have. I like it. But it's even more short in longevity. For that, I'd just buy an aromatherapy water/spray/splash.

    But, yes, it's straightforward lavender. Unadorned.
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    Default Re: Santa Maria Novella Imperial Lavender

    I was in Florence two weeks ago and paid a visit to the beautiful Maria Novella perfumery.
    The Lavender is as simple as it gets and lasted on me for about 2 minutes.
    I was very impressed with the perfumery and the very, very friendly ladies who work there but the perfumes have been an enormous disappointment in terms of longevity.

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    Default Re: Santa Maria Novella Imperial Lavender

    It just popped into my head that this SMN lavedner reminds me a lot of the one Villoresi did, Wild Lavender. Although the Villoresi was a bit more shrill and stiff...and very potent going on (but it still had natural low longevity).
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